Huskies Score 73-66 Victory Over Akron at Home Wednesday Night

GO HUSKIES Mauvolyene Adams went 7-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
GO HUSKIES
Mauvolyene Adams went 7-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
GO HUSKIES

Feb. 4, 2009

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DEKALB, Ill. -Sophomore Mauvolyene Adams (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Northern Illinois University women's basketball team to a 73-66 victory over Mid-American Conference East opponent Akron Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.

"It was a great win today, any win in the MAC is great," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "I'm happy with the team. Ultimately, we'd like to maintain the lead that we had, but down the stretch we hit our free throws and played some good defense. Our best basketball is ahead of us."

Adams went 7-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line and was one of three Huskies (11-10, 6-2) to finish in double figures. Ebony Ellis (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) and Jessie Wilcox (Oshkosh, Wis./West) each finished with 15 points and Ellis posted her third-straight double double, grabbing a game-high 10 boards. It was her sixth double double of the season and eighth of her career.

"I like our balance," Owens said. "Other teams can't concentrate on one part of our offense. Our inside game with Mauvolyene and Ebony is excellent and they have to worry about our shooters - not letting Kylie get the ball or stopping Jessie. We have really good balance and that's why we've had the success we've had."

Down 43-27 with 18:27 left to play, Akron (8-13, 3-5) went on a 14-2 run, to cut the deficit to four with 13:10 left in the contest. With NIU up 49-45 with 11:41 left, The Huskies rattled off an 8-2 run of its own to push the lead to 10 with, 57-47, with 7:30 left to play, but the Zips refused to go away.

Down 64-57 with 3:26 left in the game, Akron's Kara Murphy went on a 7-3 to pull the Zips to within three with 49 seconds left to play. That would be as close as the score would get. Adams and Marke Freeman each hit 2-of-2 from the free throw line to seal the victory for NIU.

Murphy led all scorers with 27 points and was one of three Zips to finish in double figures. She went 7-for-15 from the field and 13-for-15 from the charity stripe. Akron outshot the Huskies from the field, shooting 45.1 percent to NIU's 44.4 percent. The Zips had a hot second half, hitting 50 percent from the field. However, the Huskies won the rebounding battle 34-27.

"I think rebounding is very important for us," Ellis said. "When we rebound well, we usually have a good game."

NIU hits the road Saturday to take on Kent State. Tip off is at 11 a.m. CST and is available on FSN Ohio.

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